Shelburne Farms Clothbound Cheddar
Shelburne Farms is situated on Lake Champlain, just south of Burlington, VT - in some really, really stunning scenery.
It is a working farm, a forest, a historic landmark, and is also involved in educating students in how to build a sustainable future society.
They own a herd of Brown Swiss cows, which graze through the fields of the farm (when the weather allows), and produce milk for the Shelburne Farms' Cheddars - the pinnacle of which is their Clothbound.
Because of how they are made, Cheddars don't develop a rind themselves, and so wrapping in a lard-rubbed cloth gives the cheese a man-made version.
The Shelburne Farms clothbound is, of all the US Cheddars, perhaps the most similar to the original British Cheddars, with big and complex flavours, but also slight variation from batch to batch.
The most recent wheel from Shelburne has underlying notes of savoury brothy-ness, but has a level of saltiness and sharpness to make your mouth and tongue tingle (in a good way)!
A 'sharp' clothbound Cheddar? Who would have thought!